Amp Fiddler

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Amp Fiddler
Birth name Joseph Amp Fiddler
Genres Soul, funk, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, keyboardist
Labels Muthas Of Invention
Website http://www.ampfiddler.com

Joseph "Amp" Fiddler is an American keyboardist, singer, songwriter and record producer from Detroit, Michigan, U.S.. His musical styles include funk, soul, dance and electronica music. He is probably best known for his contributions to the band Enchantment, and as part of George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic groups from 1985 until 1996.[1] His first solo album Waltz of a Ghetto Fly was released in March 2004.[2] His most recent album, Afro Strut, was released in 2006.

Early career[edit]

Fiddler has worked with George Clinton, Moodymann, Stephanie McKay, Jamiroquai, Prince, Was (Not Was), the Brand New Heavies, Fishbone, Corinne Bailey Rae and nu soul artist Maxwell. Working with his brother, Bubz (bass guitarist, producer and songwriter), he released the album With Respect in 1990 on Elektra, recording under the name Mr. Fiddler.[3] Amp Fiddler is credited with introducing hip-hop producer J Dilla to the Akai MPC sampling drum machine and also to A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip, who introduced the young Dilla into the music industry world.[4][5]

In regards to Dilla's memory, he said:

The first beat he played for me he looped the whole track from cassette player to cassette player. There were a few drops, but for the most part it was pretty damn precise. So I told him he needs to go home and separate all the samples to load into the MPC, and he came back with all the samples separated and mapped out exactly how he wanted it. As time went on, he got better and better. He used to come by the crib to get on the MPC and he would work on it for three or four hours at a time. He used to have a big smile on his face, because he was so excited after finishing a beat.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • With Respect (1990)
  • Waltz of a Ghetto Fly (2004) - UK #82
  • Afro Strut (2006) - UK #126
  • Inspiration Information (2008) - with Sly and Robbie

Singles[edit]

  • "Basementality" (2002)
  • "Love and War" (2003)
  • "Possibilities" (2003)
  • "I Believe in You" (2003) - UK #72[7]
  • "Dreamin" (2004) - UK #71[7]
  • "Too High" (2004)
  • "Hope / Dope" (2006)
  • "Right Where You Are" (2006)
  • "If I Don't" (2007) - featuring Corinne Bailey Rae

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC - collective - amp fiddler interview and session
  2. ^ Audio CD, 1 June 2004, Original Release Date: 9 March 2004, Label: Play It Again Sam Us, ASIN: B000255LES
  3. ^ Amp Fiddler : interview
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.pandora.com/music/artist/j+dilla+jay+dee
  6. ^ "Spiritualized | Stones Throw Records". Stonesthrow.com. 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 22. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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